A new way to stop accidents at risk-prone junction

Tess Felder

Tess Felder

A NEW approach is to be tried at the accident-prone Ballycloven Cross between Callan and Kilmanagh.

At the suggestion of Cllr Matt Doran (FF), Kilkenny County Council is planning to introduce an American-style four-way Stop at the junction. In other words, Stop signs would be put in place at each of the four approaches to the junction, with all drivers required to come to a full stop there. The first vehicle to approach the junction has the right of way.

“Since I became a member in 2002 I have been working on this particular junction,” Cllr Doran said, and about four years ago, the council carried out improvement works at the junction, including rumble strips. “That greatly improved the safety of it, but it still didn’t eliminate the risk coming from Callan to Kilmanagh or vice versa,” Cllr Doran said.

Now, the local engineer and council officials have visited the junction and have agreed to put the four-way stop in place; the proposal has been sent to the council’s road design section, according to Cllr Doran.

It will help to eliminate the risk of a near miss or minor accident – which “is really only seconds from what could be a fatal one”– he said.

“It’s going to take a little bit of getting used to, because every person who approaches the junction has to stop, but it is something that will work,” he said. If so, he expects that in future it could also be a viable solution for other junctions such as the crossroads at Baurscoob, Dunnamaggin.